Labour win Wythenshawe by-election as UKIP push Tories into third place
By George Eaton - 14 February 2:56

Miliband's party holds the seat on a swing of 11% as UKIP rise from fifth to second and the Lib Dems lose their deposit.

Borrowing is the best way to pay for flood protection
By Julian Morgan - 13 February 17:30

As flood defences provide protection for many years to come, it is wholly appropriate to pay for them gradually with long-term borrowing.

Andy Burnham: NHS must be exempted from EU-US free trade agreement
By George Eaton - 13 February 16:38

Shadow health secretary reveals he will soon travel to Brussels to lobby for the health service to be exempted from international competition law.

How Labour will give people the power to shape their own services
By Lisa Nandy - 13 February 11:45

The trick is to understand where communities are at their strongest and most energetic and build capacity around them.

George Osborne's speech on Scotland and the Pound: full text
By New Statesman - 13 February 10:58

"If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the Pound."

Lib Dem rebellion over cuts highlights post-2015 dilemmas
By George Eaton - 13 February 8:50

The decision by Tim Farron and four other Lib Dems to rebel against local government cuts is a reminder of the more open debate needed about the austerity to come.

Jon Cruddas's speech on power, democracy and devolution: full text
By Jon Cruddas - 12 February 17:24

"In our global world it is the local that will be the agent of political change, the place of belonging, the source of identity."

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Andy Burnham interview: “You can’t have a blanket position on HS2”
By George Eaton - 12 February 15:51

The shadow health secretary on why he’s prepared to rebel.

Exclusive: Andy Burnham: I'm prepared to rebel against Labour over HS2
By George Eaton - 12 February 15:05

The shadow health secretary says the party "can’t have a blanket position" because "it doesn’t affect everybody equally".

PMQs review: Miliband traps Cameron over "money is no object"
By George Eaton - 12 February 13:15

The PM's loose rhetoric handed Miliband a win as he challenged plans to make 550 Environment Agency Staff redundant.

The coalition and the floods: from "money is no object" to "no blank cheque"
By George Eaton - 12 February 9:08

After Cameron's declaration that "money is no object in this relief effort", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin insists "I don’t think it’s a blank cheque".

Cameron's declaration that "money is no object" has destroyed his austerity message
By George Eaton - 12 February 8:46

By insisting that he will spend "whatever money is needed" on flood relief, Cameron has undermined his claim that austerity means we must tolerate rising homelessness and poverty.

Labour set to avoid promising EU referendum in general election manifesto
By George Eaton - 11 February 16:01

Party sources tell the NS that they do not expect Labour to change its stance on a referendum before May 2015.

Cutting foreign aid is no way to respond to the floods
By Jonathan Tanner - 11 February 14:59

Farage is relying on misconceptions about the scale, purpose and outcomes of aid spending to argue for this cynical raid.

Tom Watson attacks Tristram Hunt for crossing a picket line
By George Eaton - 11 February 13:27

Labour MP says he would rather the shadow education secretary "resign his post as a lecturer than cross a picket line of striking lecturers".

UKIP needs to learn to manage expectations
By George Eaton - 11 February 9:07

After Farage's promise to "cause an earthquake", anything less than first in the European elections will be deemed a failure - and the polls suggest Labour may well win.

It's too early to be pessimistic about boosting living standards
By Gavin Kelly - 11 February 7:00

Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.

Miliband makes tackling inequality his defining mission for government
By George Eaton - 10 February 18:00

In the form of a commitment to reduce inequalities "in income, opportunity and power", Miliband has articulated the radical agenda he would pursue after 2015.

Cameron hints that Chris Smith could be removed as Environment Agency chair
By George Eaton - 10 February 15:35

The PM says "there will be time later on to talk about these things" when asked if he supports Smith.

The problem with Clegg's tax cut plan: it won't help the poorest workers
By George Eaton - 10 February 12:41

With the personal allowance already at £10,000, the lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from further increases.

What lies behind the spectacular collapse of the British far-right?
By Matthew Goodwin - 10 February 10:54

In the form of UKIP, the toxic extreme right has been sidelined by a more competent radical right force.

Miliband offers a radical third way on public service reform
By George Eaton - 10 February 8:36

Rather than an approach defined by the centralised state or the untamed market, Miliband is committing to a progressive agenda defined by localism, transparency and accountability.

Labour must not retreat from further devolution to Scotland
By Guy Lodge and Alan Trench - 07 February 16:16

The weaker the party's offer of more powers becomes, the greater the risk that voters will opt for independence.

The Lib Dems might have moved on from Rennard, but the public haven't
By Richard Morris - 07 February 14:44

Ask any "ordinary" person what the Lib Dems have been up to in recent weeks and they'll mention the scandal.

Coalition rebuked again by UK Statistics Authority- this time on flood defence spending
By George Eaton - 07 February 12:49

Statistics head Andrew Dilnot says a Treasury graph on infrastructure left readers with "a false impression of the relative size of investment between sectors".

Milibandism's next chapter: reforming the state
By Rafael Behr - 07 February 12:24

The Labour leader is, after much hesitation, ready to contemplate the problem of running public services in austere times.

The SNP's hypocrisy on "politicising" sporting occasions
By George Eaton - 07 February 10:50

Nicola Sturgeon attacks David Cameron for speaking at the Olympic Stadium but has she forgotten Alex Salmond's Wimbledon antics?

If Cameron really wants Scotland to stay in the UK, he should ease on austerity
By George Eaton - 07 February 9:03

One of the few factors that could tilt the odds in Alex Salmond's favour is the prospect of permanent cuts under a Conservative-led government.

How the poor have been hit hardest by inflation
By Lindsay Judge - 06 February 17:15

New data shows that the cost of essentials such as food and energy has increased most rapidly over the last five years.

What happens to Scottish MPs in May 2015 after an independence vote?
By George Eaton - 06 February 16:05

The Tories and the conservative media would revolt against a Labour government dependent on Scottish MPs for its majority.

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